Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

Interview: Chicago's Best Personal Chef Katie Simmons on Why Plants Rule in the Kitchen!

I find it fascinating how a plant-based diet can influence people around the world in different ways.

Late last year, I began chatting with Katie Simmons, "Chicago's Best Personal Chef," after stumbling across one of her excellent vegan recipes online and getting to know just by reading up on her background on her website - Plants-Rule.

Her story is a powerful one that has the ability to promote change - if you need some inspiration to make diet and lifestyle changes, seeing her own transition, loss of 50 pounds, and reclaiming her health is truly great. The "journey," as you will see, even comes with some scale not unlike the Lord of the Rings!

But, the story does not stop there.

The Plant-Based Cyclist Interviews Farmer Fred - Health Rebels

The Plant-Based Cyclist Interviews Farmer Fred - Health Rebels

Plant-Smart Living's Farmer Fred Detwiler was interviewed by the Plant-Based Cyclist for episode #4 of his YouTube series Health Rebels. This is a great little series worth checking out if you want some plant-based lifestyle success stories that are different than just what you read in fragments through other media outlets. 

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

Disease is Not in Your Genes!

"Genetics" have become a scapegoat for all sorts of diseases - obesity, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, allergies, arthritis - basically, if you can think of a disease, it is likely you have heard someone refer to it having a genetic link. Genes are really just the coding of our individual bodies. Of course, some of this information is passed from generation-to-generation. This is obvious when comparing a newborn child to his/her parents. 

While it is possible to share some of this "code" for diseases, in a vast majority of cases your genes do not define your performance in life. Just because your father and your grandfather have had histories of heart disease, does not mean you have to carry the torch like an Olympian. Most illnesses that can be chalked up to genes and "cured" by a doctors prescription are entirely avoidable through simple lifestyle changes. 

The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The 24 Biggest Lies About Weight Loss You Need to Know About! 


The result of having a massive industry dedicated to promoting weight loss supplements and fad diets is the prevalence of many half-truths and downright lies that pervade our perception of losing weight.

The struggle to lose weight is a real one, and one I experienced first-hand myself. Do not get caught up in the lies about how you can lose weight quickly, but instead opt to learn about the simple, natural ways you can trim the fat from your body with some simple lifestyle changes and a whole foods, plant-based diet.

From Fat and Sick to Healthy and Trim – Personal Success Story

From Fat and Sick to Healthy and Trim – Personal Success Story

I received a comment from a user who has enjoyed the videos of Plant-Smart Living with Farmer Fred asking “What changes did you see and how long did it take to see them?” as it pertains to my transition to a whole foods, plant-based diet a few years ago. This is a question I see often, and relates directly to my personal story of change both in terms of my diet and in terms of my lifestyle. I put together the video (seen above) to give a detailed response on this subject.

My focus when entering into a plant-based lifestyle was on “regaining and restoring” my health. The weight loss and overcoming of specific diseases were an added bonus. I was raised on the Standard American Diet comprised heavily of meat, dairy, cheese, fatty and processed foods. For many years of my life, I knew of no other way to live. I’ve heard of many diets, but all of them just seemed to regurgitate the same headlines.

Success Story: Finding Strength Without Cruelty with Australian Powerlifter Jonno

Success Story: Finding Strength Without Cruelty with Australian Powerlifter Jonno

I met Jonno as a result of browsing through Reddit's forum r/plantbaseddiet. It is a unique world we live in where people on completely different ends of the world can meet and have something to talk about. Jonno runs the website Strength Without Cruelty designed to showcase how a plant-based diet can be both healthy for you (yes, even for those doing intense workouts) and a lifestyle choice that does not revolve around the abuse of animals. I hope you are able to get a good sense of Jonno, the Australian powerlifter, from his answers to the questions I proposed.